News Release
March 28, 2020

The City of Toronto continues to respond to COVID-19, with first responders and staff working around the clock to keep Torontonians safe and healthy. All people in the city need to be our partner in slowing the spread of the virus.

The number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Toronto confirmed by Toronto Public Health continues to increase. As of 1 p.m. today, there are 512 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Toronto, including 74 new confirmed cases since yesterday’s report. Of the cases, 24 have recovered, 36 are in hospital, and 17 are in the ICU.

Toronto Public Health, led by our Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, has repeatedly stated the importance of self-isolation for those that are ill but do not require medical attention, have travelled, or may have been exposed to the virus. Self-isolated people living with roommates should stay in a separate room as much as possible, open windows in shared rooms to help with airflow, increase cleaning, and stay two metres away from others. Staying home, maintaining physical distance when out, and good hygiene, including hand-washing, remains the most responsible behaviour for healthy individuals.

We are asking everyone to remember they have a role to play in slowing the spread of COVID-19. City staff continue to see troubling examples of people disregarding public health recommendations. Barriers to closed City park equipment and facilities have been removed. People of all ages are regularly seen in groups with much less than two metres between them in City green spaces and public places. These behaviours are easy to correct in support of our community’s response to COVID-19.

The City’s website is updated daily with the latest health advice and information about City services and social supports. Check for answers to common questions before contacting the Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Hotline or 311.

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